I just had the best morning! It was my second shift at the wildlife rehab clinic and I fed about thousand baby squirrels. Okay, so it was only about 35, but it seemed like 1000. They’re just so damn cute. A new little female came in that someone had been trying to raise on their own for a few days. She was remarkably healthy and loved, loved, loved her first taste of formula.
Some of them are adolescents now and weaning themselves from being syringe-fed. There were a few that I swear rolled their little black eyes at me when I tried to feed them. “Seriously, lady, do I like look a baby or something?” Well, yes. Yes, you do. But since you ate your Cheerios, veggies and rodent chow, I’ll give you a pass on being fed like a baby.
So, you want to try something fun and challenging? Try transferring 4 teenage squirrels from one cage to another without any of them escaping or ending up in your hair. I managed to thwart the escape attempts, but at least two did spend some time in my hair. Too funny.
I also helped the rehabber set the broken leg of a chukar partridge and gavage an injured mallard duck and a herring gull. All new stuff for me! But apparently, I made the biggest impression on the staff by showing them how to remove permanent marker from a dry-erase board. It was the talk of the clinic. So, I guess all those years spent in corporate conference rooms weren’t wasted!